About the show


"Our village notices our village."

-Allan Gurganus

Imagine a small town where everyone notices everything about each other, or at least they think they do. Where do our secrets lie? How do we keep them? Within rooms, within the spaces between, within ourselves? 

Part Chamber Opera - Part Song Cycle, Family Secrets: Kith and Kin fuses texts of seven internationally renowned authors in a series of interconnected dramatic portraits exploring themes of loss, adversity, regret, solace and forgiveness.  "The... evocative texts moved me to recall memories I didn't know I had." (Classical Voice of NC)

Scored for soprano, female narrator, violin, cello, oboe/English horn, piano and banjo, this unique instrumentation evokes a sense of the sultry south while also opening into full operatic fervor.

Soprano, Andrea Edith Moore, originated the concept for Family Secrets: Kith and Kin and commissioned writers, musicians, artists and artwork that lives, breathes and celebrates the Piedmont of North Carolina. Daniel Thomas Davis's score weaves the universal thread of humanity and probes us to ask of ourselves the particularly timely question posed by Allan Gurganus "Can't we each be saved from our worst selves?"


"The roles of Girl, Mother, and Daughter were sung by Moore, who continues to wow audiences with her powerful and flexible soprano voice and her acting ability, her dedication and drive, and her charm that enables such projects as this to be successful."

(Classical Voice of NC)

Music composed by: Daniel Thomas Davis

Soprano: Andrea Edith Moore

Narrator: Jane Holding

Projection Design and Stage Direction: Francesca Talenti

Photography: Elizabeth Matheson

Libretti: Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Frances Mayes, Michael Malone, Daniel Wallace, Randall Kenan and Jeffery Beam

American Folk Art Buildings collection of Steven Burke and Randy Campbell